Championing democracy, two world giants in the form of Barack Obama and European Parliamentary President Roberta Metsola met at the Copenhagen Democracy Summit.
Metsola uploaded a photo of her meeting with the Former President of the United States of America, along with the message: “sometimes, the world needs to be reminded that yes, we can.”
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Speaking at Summit, Metsola once again re-affirmed the European Parliament’s stance. That it forever remains “firmly behind Ukraine’s bid to receive EU candidate status.”
“Ukraine is already part of our European family,” she said. “But it is high time that it is also given the real opportunity to join our European project.”
“This is about hope. It is as much about strengthening Europe as it is about strengthening Ukraine.”
The summit focussed on issues related to engagement and participation in democratic institutions and processes. It highlighted how democratic organisation among youths works in this digital age, and the challenges presented by the way we now communicate online.
Obama attended the event, meeting with leaders within Europe, one of which was Metsola herself. There, he took the stage to deliver closing remarks at the summit on the importance of a positive vision for democracy.
In his powerfully delivered speech, he insisted that change is only made possible when ordinary people get involved, engaged, and come together to demand it.
The European Parliament has backed Ukraine’s bid to receive candidate status to become an EU member.
Ukraine was invaded by the Russian government in February of this year and the conflict has continued to shock many across the globe amid accusations of war crimes and other atrocities.
The European Parliament has been one of the leaders in providing support to Ukraine. However, concerns have been routinely raised over Ukraine’s EU membership in the face of Russian aggression.
This article is part of a content series called Ewropej. This is a multi-newsroom initiative part-funded by the European Parliament to bring the work of the EP closer to the citizens of Malta and keep them informed about matters that affect their daily lives. This article reflects only the author’s view. The European Parliament is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.
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